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Why Work With a Removalist for Your Next Move?

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Work With a Removalist for Your Next Move?

When planning a move, you may be worried about how to get it done quickly, affordably, and safely. Working with a removalist can often be the best choice for achieving all three, and for making your move as stress-free as possible. If you hadn’t thought about working with a removalist to help you manage your next move, note a few advantages they offer and why they can be a better option than trying to manage everything on your own. 1. Proper packing Each item you own probably needs a certain way of packing in order to protect it. The screens of your televisions and computer monitors need to be protected with thick packing that doesn’t scratch, whereas artwork needs to be packed so that nothing is transferred to the canvas and discolors it. If you’ve never packed up all of these types of items before, you may arrive at your new home only to find many of your things are damaged because you didn’t pack them properly. A removalist will ensure each different type of item gets its own packaging so that it’s properly protected. 2. Storage A removalist company will often offer storage as part of their service. Many removalists do interstate movies, so if you’re planning on interstate move, this can ensure your items are protected overnight and also keep you from having to drive for far too long, just so you can make one trip. Storing items that are easy to pack can also make the move less stressful; you can box up out-of-season clothes and items like these and put them in storage until you’re ready to move so that you don’t need to handle all your packing in one weekend. 3. Planning Planning a move is often more difficult than you might think; it can be impossible for a homeowner to accurately figure the number of boxes and amount of packing material and even the size of truck that they’ll need. You don’t want to overpay for a bigger truck than necessary but you also don’t want to risk damaging your items by overfilling a smaller truck. A removalist can easily figure the amount of boxes and other such materials and can also easily gauge the size of truck needed for your home or apartment. They may also be able to help you in other areas such as noting how long it might take for you to pack and reminding you of what you need to remember when moving, such as turning on the utilities in your new home before you...

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Getting the Most Out Of Your Retractable Awnings

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting the Most Out Of Your Retractable Awnings

Awnings are excellent fixtures to have in your home. They will add an aesthetic appeal to the exterior of your home. Besides the aesthetic value of awnings, they provide a shade for protection against elements. There are different types of awnings that you can choose for your home, including freestanding or stationary awnings and retractable awnings. Retractable awnings are among the best options to choose, which is majorly because of their ability to fold, giving you the ultimate control of a shade. However, in order to enjoy the benefits of the retractable awnings, you need to know a few things about these types of awnings. Here are some of the things that will help you gain the full advantage of your retractable awnings. Handling Wind Issues  If you live in a wind prone area, one of the things you should be very careful about if you own a retractable awning is a windstorm. Windstorms can lead to tattering of your awnings. Therefore, remember to always retract your retractable awnings before a windstorm. Windstorms are not the only wind-related problem that you should be concerned about. Wind gusts can also damage your awnings. The positioning of the awnings is very important when it comes to the effect of wind gusts. Don’t ignore small wind gusts if your awnings are not near buildings or trees that can help reduce the strength of wind. Retract the awnings even when there are small wind gusts. Maintenance of the Tracks Retractable awnings, whether manually or electrically operated, move along tracks during expansion or retraction. The tracks may sometimes be filled with dirt and other debris, which means that you will have to be keen on that so that your awnings don’t get stuck. Apart from the dirt and debris, rust can also lead to similar problems. Therefore, lubricate the tracks periodically or go for tracks with rustproof material such as stainless steel. Troubleshooting Electrically Powered Retractable Awnings Electrically powered retractable awnings usually retract and extend automatically because of electric sensors. These sensors may fail, and you need to have them replaced. However, before replacing the sensors, you need to make sure that the problem is not with your electrical supply. Start by checking whether the outlet that supplies power to the awning is turned on. You should also confirm that your retractable awning’s fuse is not blown up or that the breaker has not tripped. If these do not work, try replacing the batteries of the remote control with new ones. If it still does not work, you may want to call an electrician or awning...

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BRING ON THE CLOUDS…SOLAR HOT WATER THE WHOLE YEAR ROUND

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on BRING ON THE CLOUDS…SOLAR HOT WATER THE WHOLE YEAR ROUND

Solar water heaters offer an environmentally friendly and economically effective alternative to heating water in the home. On cloudy days, though, the average solar panels do not work as efficiently as they do on sunny days and the amount, or temperature, of hot water in your home will be affected. Do not worry about the occasional cloudy day If there is an occasional cloudy day following some sunny days, there will be enough residual solar radiation present in the atmosphere to heat the water in your solar heater. The temperature that the water will achieve will be lower than that during sunny days, though. On the occasional cloudy day, most solar panels are able to generate up to a quarter of their usual power. This does depend on how thick the cloud cover is. If the cloudy days persist, there will not be enough radiation to heat up the water.   Clouds may even be an advantage Occasionally, if there are scattered clouds, it is possible for the sun’s power to be magnified by the very edge of one of the clouds. This will boost the power generated by the solar panels attached to your solar water heater. Solar panels actually work better in environments that are not always exposed to extremely hot, direct sunlight. Some days that have scattered clouds may actually be advantageous to the overall working of your solar heater. Maximising the power of the sun There are some solar panels on the market that are designed to capture a greater range of energy from the sun than the average solar panel. Solar water heaters using these panels will be able to produce hotter water on cloudy days. You may be able to increase the possibility of your solar water heater operating efficiently on cloudy days by using these solar panels. Use solar power together with electricity A sure fire way to ensure that you have a more environmentally friendly supply of water that is hot enough is to use both solar power and electricity. A solar water heater can either be linked up to work with your existing electric geyser, or there will be an electrical element in the storage tank of the heater, which will switch on when there is not enough solar power to heat the water. For more information, talk to a local solar energy professional such as Solar Repairs. They’ll be able to answer all of your...

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3 Actions To Undertake After Your Garden Cleanup Project

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Actions To Undertake After Your Garden Cleanup Project

If you have decided to assume substantial garden cleaning to get rid of excess branches, twigs, leaves and bushes, then you’ve got your work cut out for you. The removal process requires effort, while the disposal activity requires both effort and planning for skip bin hire. This guide is designed to equip you with actions to undertake after your massive garden cleanup project. Sort Out Your Garden Waste Based On The Bin Hire Rules  When sorting out your garden waste for the skip bin, you need to establish what can and cannot be put into it based on the rules of your bin hire company. This will make it easier for you to plan your bin fill up. For instance, garden waste like grass, leaves, clippings, branches and twigs are allowed into most green waste bins, but heavier items like soil and dirt may need to be disposed off separately. Some bin hire companies allow soil and dirt to be included in the garden waste disposal bin, so be sure to check this in advance to avoid any confusion later. Keep in mind that any other materials like concrete pavers, rubble and sand in your garden may not be treated as green waste, so it’s always best to check. Place The Skin Bin On Concrete Or Hard Ground For Minimal Garden Damage Placing a skip bin on your grass or lawn may cause a dent to the surface, which will look unsightly on your recently manicured garden. Instead, it’s best to place the skip bin on concrete or hard ground to ensure minimal damage to your garden when loading it with green waste. Make sure you place the skip bin in an easily accessible location, so that you can move seamlessly between the bin and the waste during the process of loading. Avoid Overloading The Skip Bin Overloading the skip bin will eventually result in a fine or an extra cost because the driver will have to unload a few items to ensure that nothing flies out of it in transit. To prevent this from happening, make sure you only load the garden waste to the top of the skip bin without overloading it. Start with heavy branches and twigs at the bottom with leaves and clippings on the top for better load control. If you’re driving the bin to the landfill on your own, make sure you cover it with secure tarp to prevent anything from flying off the bin during transport. Make sure you follow these actions when planning bin hire after your massive garden cleanup...

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3 Troubleshooting Tips for Garage Roller Doors

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Troubleshooting Tips for Garage Roller Doors

Roller doors for a garage can be a great choice for any home; the housing unit over the door means that the garage door itself won’t block the roof of the garage, allowing this to be used for added storage. While most roller doors can go years without needing repairs, note a few troubleshooting tips you might keep in mind if yours should ever have problems. You may be able to fix the door on your own or know what to expect by way of a repair bill if you should need to call a repairperson. 1. The door won’t go up If a roller door will lower but won’t go up all the way, and you’ve checked to ensure there is no blockage along the track, it may be that there is a blockage in the housing unit where the door folds up and is stored. Because you cannot see inside the housing unit, you may not realize that there is an obstruction. You can try to open the face of the unit and note if there is something on the track that stops the door from folding up as it enters the unit, or note if the track itself is bent inside the housing unit. Correcting this or removing the obstruction can allow the door to move freely. 2. The door opens and closes repeatedly If you’re trying to close your roller door and it doesn’t close all the way but folds back up into the housing unit and then tries to close again and repeats this cycle, it’s probably a sensor along the tracks. If two sensors on opposite tracks do not line up, they will assume something is in the way and the door won’t close completely. Rather than just stopping, the door’s system may be malfunctioning by telling it to keep trying to close. Check the sensors and note if something is blocking them or if there is light interference or another reason why they may be reading an obstruction in the way of the door. 3. The door rattles as it opens and closes Because roller doors are designed in panels that fold up on itself, it may be more prone to rattling than a standard garage door made with one solid piece of metal or wood. You might note if your door could use an upgrade itself; you could replace it with a door that has an interior foam panel with another metal sheet behind it. The foam keeps the door more stable as it opens and closes and can reduce the rattling you hear. For assistance with roller repairs, talk to a...

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Carpet Cleaning | 3 Steps To Get The Smell Of Dog Urine Out Of Your Carpet

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Carpet Cleaning | 3 Steps To Get The Smell Of Dog Urine Out Of Your Carpet

Pet dogs are delights for most owners, but they also come with a few inevitable mishaps. Despite house training dogs, accidents are bound to happen because your furry friends can occasionally slip up on your well-maintained carpets. Dog urine contains a pungent ammonia odour that can engulf your entire home, so undertaking carpet cleaning immediately will help to get rid of the stink. This guide will help you get the smell of dog urine out of your carpet. Mix A Solution Of Water And Vinegar In A Spray Bottle The trick is to get to the urine stain as quickly as possible to neutralise the odour. Create a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. White vinegar contains acetic acid, which is effective for removing any stains and neutralising the urine’s ammonia smell without causing any carpet fading. Vinegar is typically available in most homes and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, making it a good and safe carpet cleaning solution for your home. Spray The Stain With The Solution Spray the stain with the water and vinegar solution until you completely saturate it. Keep in mind that saturation is important because you’ll want the cleaning solution to penetrate into the lower fibres of the carpet, so that every area is tackled for neutralising the odour. Let this solution sit on the stain for several minutes to lighten the stain and neutralise the stringent odour. Once done, use paper towels and blot the area to soak up the solution. Let the carpet dry for a few hours. This step should remove the stain and reduce the urine smell considerably. Sprinkle Baking Soda Over The Stained Area Once your carpet is nearly dry after a few hours, sprinkle some baking soda over the area to absorb any remaining odour. Baking soda acts as a natural absorbent and deodoriser, which will neutralise the odour after several minutes. Let the baking soda settle into your carpet fibres for several minutes. After a little while, you can vacuum the area to remove the baking soda from the carpet fibres. This carpet cleaning step should ideally remove the dog urine smell. If not, you will have to repeat the steps over again. If your carpet dog urine stains have been around for too long or are too stubborn to remove on your own, then you should ideally hire professionals, such as Stain Busters Carpet Cleaning, to tackle them. Professionals have a myriad of cleaning supplies and solvents to undertake carpet cleaning and to remove any...

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Creating the ideal bathroom for an aging homeowner

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating the ideal bathroom for an aging homeowner

While assisted living is an excellent option for elderly Australians who require a little extra help, many elderly people are happier living in their own home for as long as they can. If you’re an aging homeowner, you may be making small changes to your home now to help you maintain your independence and mobility around the home. Bath If you’re unsteady on your feet, having a bath or shower can be a worrisome daily task, with the constant fear of slipping over. This fear is not unfounded, with fall-related injuries being one of the leading causes of death in older Australians. By installing some bath or shower aids in your bathroom, you can restore that sense of security and once again bathe with confidence. Even a simple grab bar in the shower recess or next to the bath will provide you with a little assistance while entering and exiting. To give your legs a break, consider purchasing a shower or bath chair, allowing you to bathe in comfort and safety. Selecting suitable bath aids will depend on your personal health and mobility, so contact your local bathroom supplies professional to discuss products that will suit your needs. Toilet Toilet safety is particularly important in preventing falls, but also for maintaining your confidence as an independent elderly person. Installing a specially-designed toilet for older persons can mitigate many concerns older Australians have about toileting, with a higher seat and convenient grab bars helping to restore the user’s self-reliance. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a toilet seat riser with removable arms, a toilet safety frame, or even just install some wall-mounted grab bars for a little extra support while getting back on your feet. Flooring Reducing the risks associated with falls in the bathroom means addressing the need for adequate flooring in your wet areas. Good quality non-slip bathroom mats are a cost-effective and quick solution, however it is important to ensure they do not curl at the corners or edges as they then become tripping hazards. Alternatively, if you have hard-impact, slippery flooring such as ceramic or natural stone, consider reflooring your bathroom with a low-impact flooring solution such as linoleum, vinyl or rubber.  Discuss the range of contemporary bathroom solutions designed to keep you safe and comfortable as you age with your local trusted bathroom supplies specialist. Don’t forget to discuss the pros and cons of each...

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Reasons to Invest In Basswood Shutters

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons to Invest In Basswood Shutters

Shutters are a popular option for window treatments as they can be used both internally as well as externally. However, since these shutters come in an array of options, homeowners may find the task of selecting one particular type daunting. If you are looking for natural wood shutters for your home, then basswood shutters should be one of your considerations. The wood used for these shutters are characterised by a fine finish, so you can be assured that your wood shutters will have a uniform appearance. Additionally, this type of wood is less susceptible to bleeding or producing too much resin, so you do not have to worry about its finish becoming compromised over time. Here are some of the reasons why you should invest in basswood shutters. Basswood shutters are warp resistant One of the main concerns when using wood as the main component of your window treatment is how well it will fare over time. This is especially important if you plan to use your shutters externally, hence, keeping them exposed to the elements. Basswood is a great option, as this type of wood does not succumb to the effects of regular exposure to both moisture and heat changed. As such, it gives you the freedom to install your shutters wherever you would like in and around your home. Basswood shutters are non-porous Most timber products tend to have high porosity levels. As such, you would have to be concerned with how easily the wood can absorb stains, finishes and more. This is not a concern with basswood as it has non-porous characteristics. This makes it better suited to the application of adhesives, as they will not eventually seep into the wood. As such, all joints formed on the basswood shutters using glue are likely to last a significant amount of time without coming apart. Overall, this makes it a more durable type of shutter. Basswood shutters have versatility Basswood shutters are highly versatile as they can be used for a range of applications. These shutters come in a range of configurations including hinged shutters, bifold shutters, fixed shutters and more. This gives you the chance to experiment with different designs in the different rooms of your home. Additionally, the blades of the basswood shutters come in a variety of widths. This gives you the chance to select a profile that would best meet your individual needs, whether in the form of light control or enhancing the privacy of your...

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4 Notorious Insect Pests You Should Keep Out of Your Flower Garden

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Notorious Insect Pests You Should Keep Out of Your Flower Garden

Flowers are beautiful additions to any home garden. Without proper attention, however, flowers will not flourish. Foes of the home flower garden appear to be as many and as the different species of garden flowers available. Insect pests are not equally destructive; some insect pests usually cause more havoc in flower gardens than others. Home gardeners should continually be able to manage attacks by these insect pests to reduce the extent of damage. Here are some very destructive pests you will should vigilantly look out for if you are to have a fighting chance of keeping your flower garden insect-free all year round. Leafhoppers Leafhoppers are notorious for injecting a plant toxin that may deform flowers. A sure telltale sign that these insects have invaded your flower garden is wilting of leaf tips. You can use insecticidal soap to help you keep leafhopper populations in your flower garden under control. Aphids These soft-bodied and pear-shaped flower garden pests can be white, black or green in color and have long legs and antennae. Most of them are without wings whereas those that do have wings hold them over the body when stationary. Aphids usually cause stunted growth and distort leaves and flowers. They also excrete ‘honeydew,’ which can lead to growth of sooty mold, causing more damage to the plant. To keep these pests away from your garden, you can spray it with forceful streams of water mixed with insect soap. Scale insects Just like aphids, scale insects also causes stunt plant growth and leave behind honeydew. Once scales have identified a suckling site on the leaf or stem of a flower plant, they attach themselves permanently with a waxy covering. It is this waxy covering that makes them look like a scale. In many cases, you can effectively get rid of these pests by ‘picking them off’ since they attack specific sections of your flower plants. Mealybugs Mealybugs often feed on the leaves and stems of flower plants and may cause stunted growth. Sooty mold can also be spotted where they have excreted honeydew. Like scale insects, mealybugs too have a waxy covering. Because they are slow-moving insects, you can remove them from your flower plants with a strong jet of water. Even though most insect pests are a nuisance when allowed inside your house, not all of them are unwelcome visitors in your flower garden. It is also important to know what pests are friendly to the flower plants in your garden. Pollinating insects such as bees, for instance, are good for your garden since they aid in cross-pollination. For more information, contact a local...

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Cheap Ways Of Insulating Drafty Windows

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cheap Ways Of Insulating Drafty Windows

When it comes to keeping your home warm during the winter months, one important area to focus on is your windows.  Poorly insulated windows can allow a lot of precious heat to escape, leaving your rooms feeling chilly and drafty.  Replacing your windows with new sealed, double-glazed units is the best option, although if you can’t afford to do this, there are other ways of insulating your window frames and sills.  Read on to find out more.    Fit weather sealing Rubber weather sealing comes in inexpensive self-adhesive strips and can be bought online or from good DIY stores.  Simply cut the strips to fit your window dimensions, peel off the backing, and then stick the strips to the window frames to seal any gaps and banish drafts.  You can remove the strips during the summer time if you want to. Window insulation film Window insulation kits can be purchased relatively cheaply from hardware or DIY stores.  These DIY kits entail the application of a plastic film to the inside window frames using double-sided sticky tape.  The first step in the process is to cut strips of the film to fit your window frames.  You then shrink the film to fit the frames and seal it by heating it with a hairdryer.  Although this is a very effective way of keeping the cold out, you won’t be able to open the windows without removing the film first, so it’s really only good for one winter and will require reapplication next year. Cellular blinds You can use blinds made from a special cellular fabric as window dressings that will help to insulate your windows.  Cellular blinds can be bought ready-made from good department stores and some large DIY shops.  Although this option is more expensive than other DIY insulation solutions, the blinds can remain in situ all year round as they also help to keep strong sunlight and heat out during the summertime. Draft excluders Draft excluders are a great way of preventing cold air from entering a room through a drafty window sill.  A draft excluder is basically a long, fabric tube that is stuffed with sponge or hollow fibre to form a sausage or snake shape.  You can make one yourself if you’re handy with a needle and thread.  Just place the excluder on the window sill to block out the drafts. In conclusion You don’t have to spend a fortune on new double-glazing to improve the insulation on your windows.  The simple projects outlined above can all be achieved quickly and with minimal outlay to help keep your home warmer this...

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